FRITZ!Box 5491 Service - Knowledge Base
Integrating an additional FRITZ!Box into the home network via network cable
You can use a network cable to connect an additional FRITZ!Box to your FRITZ!Box connected to the fiber optic connection to easily and efficiently increase the wireless range of your home network.
Internet and telephony services configured in the FRITZ!Box connected to the fiber optic connection (router) are then available to the second FRITZ!Box (IP client) and the devices connected to that FRITZ!Box, such as computers and telephones.
Requirements / Restrictions
- FRITZ!Box Cable, LTE; and fiber optic models cannot be used as IP clients.
- FRITZ!OS 6 or later is installed on the FRITZ!Box that you want to set up as the IP client.
Note:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box.
1 Setting up the router
In the factory settings, the FRITZ!Box automatically assigns the correct IP settings to all devices via DHCP. If you disabled the FRITZ!Box's DHCP server, re-enable it:
- Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
- Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
- Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
- Click the "IPv4 Addresses" button. If the button is not displayed, enable the Advanced View.
- Enable the DHCP server and define the range from which the FRITZ!Box assigns IP addresses.
Note:The FRITZ!Box has the IP address 192.168.178.1 (subnet mask 255.255.255.0) and assigns IP addresses from xxx.20 to xxx.200 in the factory settings.
- Click "OK" to save the settings.
2 Setting up the IP client
- Either use wireless LAN or a network cable to connect a computer to the FRITZ!Box (IP client).
- If the computer is already connected to the FRITZ!Box (router), clear that connection.
Configuring the operating mode
- Click "Internet" in the user interface of the FRITZ!Box (IP client).
- Click "Account Information" in the "Internet" menu.
- Select "More internet service providers" from the drop-down list "Internet service provider".
- Select "Other internet service provider" from the second drop-down list in the "Internet service provider" section.
- Enable the option "Connection to an external modem or router" in the "Connection" area.
- Enable the option "Share existing internet connection in the network" in the "Operating Mode" section.
- Enter the speeds of your internet connection in the "Downstream" (receive direction) and "Upstream" (send direction) fields.
Enter 32000 for a downstream of 32 Mbit/s; enter 2000 for an upstream of 2 Mbit/s.
- Click "Apply" to save the settings.
The FRITZ!Box is now configured for operation as an IP client.
Note:When the FRITZ!Box is configured as an IP client, it can no longer be reached at http://fritz.box; instead, you must use the Mesh overview of the FRITZ!Box (router) or use the IP address assigned to it by the FRITZ!Box (router).
3 Connecting the IP client with the home network
- Use a network cable to connect the "WAN" or "LAN 1" port on the FRITZ!Box (IP client) either directly or by means of a hub or switch to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box (router).
4 Setting up Mesh
If FRITZ!OS 7 or later is already installed on the FRITZ!Box (IP client), you can configure it so that it adopts all of the wireless settings from the FRITZ!Box (router) and the wireless networks of both FRITZ!Boxes are then centrally controlled and optimized by the FRITZ!Box (router):
5 Setting up telephony
If you also want to use the telephone numbers configured in the FRITZ!Box (router) with telephones connected to the FRITZ!Box (IP client):
- If FRITZ!OS 7 or later is installed on the FRITZ!Box (IP client), set up telephony in the Mesh.
- If an older FRITZ!OS is installed on the FRITZ!Box (IP client), set up the FRITZ!Box (IP client) for making telephone calls over the FRITZ!Box (router).